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Au Violon

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Altstadt
French, European, Fusion
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Im Lohnhof 4, Basel, Switzerland
0041 61 269 87 11
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful garden

I had a business dinner at Au Violon. Due to the beautiful weather we could sit outside in the garden - what a treat! The atmosphere is wonderful and I very much enjoyed it. Food was good - most of us had the steak or some fish. Really tasty! Service was friendly and at most time attentive. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
Sabrina K
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Basel, Switzerland
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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Basel, Switzerland
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39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I had a business dinner at Au Violon. Due to the beautiful weather we could sit outside in the garden - what a treat! The atmosphere is wonderful and I very much enjoyed it. Food was good - most of us had the steak or some fish. Really tasty! Service was friendly and at most time attentive. I would recommend... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

For these prices, one would think the food would be more reliable. Of course everything in Basel is expensive. I found the food to be very average with the wait staff being more reliable then the kitchen. Great location and ambiance. Just not firing on all cylinders.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I go here every now and then for business dinners. The menu is rather stable, I would call it boring after going there so many times. This time I had the duck liver entree which was good but less tasty as on earlier occasions. I had lamb cutlets: the meat itself was very good quality, the pan should have a... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We dined with friends on a Friday night and despite the restaurant being full we never felt like we were kept waiting for anything. The service was perfectly judged, nicely attentive without being OTT or stiff. The menu was relatively simple but offered good choices, even for my vegetarian wife (unusual for a French establishment) & the food & wines... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

whilst visiting my daughter who is residing locally and following a very wet day, this visit was an absolute delight. We had not booked and it was a very busy Friday evening. However upon arrival and despite being busy the maitre d' made us welcome, found us a table and ensured we were well catered for during the evening. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Excellent dinner in a superbe brasserie atmosphere in this gem in Basel. We loved the fois gras, scallops, steak fries and delicious cod fillet in safan sauce which we had accompanied with a very tasty wine menu. Definitely recommended in Basel and surroundings. Just be prepared for Basel prices too.

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Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

A little gem in the centre of Basel Try the steak frites and the recommrnended house wine and go there with so e of your best friends and enjoy the chat, the food and the wine..... It does not come much better if you like a relaxed bon vivant atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I had an early business meal at Au Violon during December, when the city is shrouded in drizzle. I was pleasantly surprised with the very good food and service. I had the fillet steak and it was perfect, as were the French fries served with them. The wine selection is not amazing, but those offered were decent. The setting is... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Went here for dinner with colleagues and the food was excellent. Portions were generous especially the tartar. I had fish and it was very good. The service was wonderful as well. I'd come back again.

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Basel, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

...one of the best Tatar in town - can really recommend this nice and familiar location just up the hill and next to Barfüsserplatz

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Address: Im Lohnhof 4, Basel, Switzerland
Phone Number: 0041 61 269 87 11
Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Basel  >  Basel>  > Altstadt
Average Prices: USD 22 - 44
Cuisine: French, European, Fusion

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Im Lohnhof 4, Basel, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Basel  >  Basel>  > Altstadt
  • Neighborhood: Altstadt
  • Phone Number: 0041 61 269 87 11

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 22 - 44
  • Cuisine: French, European, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business

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